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Inside scoop: The best places for gelato and ice cream in Manchester

11 months ago

We’ve scoured the city to find the silkiest, richest, most indulgent gelato and ice cream in Manchester. From retro-style ice cream parlours like Ginger’s Comfort Emporium in Afflecks, to award-winning flavours by the canal at Grandpa Greene’s, here are seven of our favourite spots for a cone full of the good stuff.

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  • Hot chocolate at Alex's Bakery, a cafe in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Alex’s Bakery

    Cafes

    After beginning their cake-making journey at Manchester’s Artisan Markets in 2014, Alex’s Bakery ditched the stall for a store front and are now located in the Great Northern on Deansgate.

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  • Black Milk - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Black Milk

    Cafes

    Black Milk is a hip, Insta-friendly dessert cafe in the Northern Quarter known for its towering ice creams, gelato, sweet bakes, pancakes and Goliath-sized milkshakes and sundaes.

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  • Ginger's Comfort Emporium, one of our favourites places for ice cream in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

    Cafes

    Ginger’s Comfort Emporium began life as an ice cream van for adults, often spotted at local foodie markets and private events. Now, as well as offering a mobile pop-up service, you can find Ginger’s gelato on the first floor of Afflecks on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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  • Hot chocolate by Slattery at Grandpa Greene's near Oldham.
    Diggle

    Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream

    Cafes

    Perched by the canal in the picturesque village of Diggle, near Oldham, Grandpa Greene’s is best known for its award-winning homemade ice cream. It’s also a warm and inviting licensed cafe with glass fronted terraces and indoor dining. 

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  • Ice creams from Lazy Sundae - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Lazy Sundae

    Restaurant - Global

    Eat in or take out at Northern Quarter ice cream parlour Lazy Sundae, where everything’s peachy, from the shop frontage to the travel-inspired menu, which will transport you East with its bubble teas and Japanese specialities.

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  • Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.
    Book Now Deansgate

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Sicilian NQ

    Restaurant - Italian

    Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it’s a taste of traditional Sicily you fancy – from authentic street food snacks through big plates of pasta to desserts and holiday memory gelato, eat in or take away.

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